Friday, September 21, 2018

Top Book Picks Picture Books and Leveled Readers 2018 Part 4

Top Book Picks Picture Books & Leveled Readers 2018 Part 4

Picture Books:

Hey, Wall: A Story of Art and Community By Susan Verde(Pub 2018)  A cool way to look at an empty wall and imagine bringing a neighborhood and community together through mural Art!

Corduroy Takes A Bow By Viola Davis (Pub 2018) (Based on
characters by Don Freeman)- Another Adorable and Fun Theatrical Adventure for beloved Corduroy!

Saturday is Swimming Day By Hyewon Yum (Pub 2018)
Sweet Story of a little girls fear of the unknown  in taking swimming lessons! With the teachers assistance she becomes stronger and a
little less fearful to learn to swim along with her friends!

STOP, GO, YES, NO! A Story of Opposites By Mike Twohy  (Pub 2018)
A simple sampling of opposite words with fun and expressive illustrations!

EAT PETE By Michael Rex (Pub 2018)
A Fun adventure of a monster appearing at Pete's window only to be invited in to play but the monster had other plans!

 Grow Up David By David Shannon (Pub 2018)
Simple text about siblings older brother vs younger brother a little fighting and fun!.

If You're Groovy and You Know It Hug a Friend! By Eric Litwin (Pub 2018)
Simplified text and rhyming words set to the tune of if your happy and you know it! Fun illustrations and a perfect read aloud!

How To Scare a Ghost By Jean Reagan (Pub 2018)
Cute tips and tricks of getting a ghost and trying to have some non scary fun! adorable illustrations! Fun addition to read for ghosts or halloween

I'm Sad By Michael Ian Black (Pub 2018) Cute and fun illustrations explore being sad and explaining why.

Amanda Panda and the Bigger, Better Birthday By Candice Ransom (Pub 2018) Adorable story with fun illustrations about best friends, kindergarten, and close birthdays!

Leveled Readers:

 I Can Read Series- Shared My First Reading

Fox The Tiger By Corey R. Tabor (pub 2018)
Fox wishes to be a tiger and some other animal friends have wishes too until his friend squirrel reaffirms Foxes are the Best!

Fox is Late By Corey R. Tabor (Pub 2018)- Sweet story of that busy Fox character and all his tricks including getting his animal friends to follow him home for lunch!

Ready To Read Series Level One 

Dino School Say Cheese Teddy Rex! By Bonnie Williams (pub 2016)
Simple text with cute illustrations of dinosaur friends getting ready for picture day only to have a little spill accident and to make it better with an apology and bright star!

Penguin Young Readers Level 2 

The Loopy Coop Hen Series (pub 2016)
Snow Hens By Janet Morgan Stoeke- Set up in short chapter format these hilarious hens love snow and fight over making a snow hen and who will make the beak! But in the end they decide to work together!

Scholastic Level 1 Reader 

Moo Bird By David Milgrim (pub2016) Moo Bird is different than the other birds can he find a friend like him! funny and simple with cute illustrations.

Need more 2018 titles? Check out my posts Parts 1-3 links below

Top 15 Picture Book Picks 2018 Part 1  

Top 15 Picture Books Picks 2018 Part 2  

 Top picture books 2018 part 3

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Nursery Rhymes Theme

Nursery Rhymes



Nursery Rhymes are so fun to share with the family! Many of them are perfect little rhymes to sing or talk about together! Many authors do modified versions of many of them! Here are some of my favorites!

READ: Books

Baa, Baa Black Sheep By Jane Cabrera
Itsy Bitsy Spider By Izra Trapani 
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star By Jane Cabrera
Old Mother Hubbard By Jane Cabrera 
Nursery Rhymes with sing along CD By Roger Priddy
 Here we Go Round The Mulberry Bush By Pam Adams
Hey Diddle, Diddle and Other Mother Goose Rhymes By Tomie DePaola 
Row, Row, Row Your Boat By Annie Kubler
I'm a Little Teapot By Annie Kubler
Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star By Jerry Pinkney  

 Hickory Dickory Dock by Keith Baker
Mary Had a Little Lamb by Sarah Josepha Hale
1, 2, Buckle My Shoe by Anna Grossnickle Hines
Ten In the Bed by Jane Cabrera

 This Little Piggy By Annie Kubler  
 It's Raining, It's Pouring By Kin Eagle
Lucy Cousin's Treasury of Nursery Rhymes with CD By Lucy Cousins
If You're Happy and You Know It By Annie Kubler
 Hickory Dickory Dock And Other Nursery Rhymes By Sanja Rescek
Maybe Mother Goose By Esme Raji Codell 


Baa Baa Black Sheep Rhyme
Baa, baa, black sheep,
Have you any wool?
Yes sir, yes sir,
Three bags full;
One for my master
And one for the dame,
And one for the little boy
Who lives down the lane.

 Hey Diddle, Diddle Rhyme
Hey Diddle Diddle,
The cat and the fiddle,
The cow jumped over the moon.
The little dog laughed
To see such a sport,
And the dish ran away with the spoon.

Hickory, Dickory, Dock
Hickory, dickory, dock
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck one
The mouse ran down
Hickory, dickory, dock

Hickory, dickory, dock
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock stuck two
The mouse said, boo
Hickory, dickory, dock

Hickory, dickory, dock
The mouse ran up the clock
The clock struck three
The mouse went, whee
Hickory, dickory, dock

Credit- Everything Preschool
Five Humpty Dumpty's sitting on a wall,
Five Humpty Dumpty's sitting on a wall
And if one Humpty Dumpty should accidentally fall. . . . crack
There'll be four Humpty Dumpty's sitting on a wall

Four Humpty Dumpty's sitting on a wall,
Four Humpty Dumpty's sitting on a wall
And if one Humpty Dumpty should accidentally fall. . . . crack
There'll be three Humpty Dumpty's sitting on a wall

Three Humpty Dumpty's sitting on a wall,
Three Humpty Dumpty's sitting on a wall
And if one Humpty Dumpty should accidentally fall. . . . crack
There'll be two Humpty Dumpty's sitting on a wall 
Two Humpty Dumpty's sitting on a wall,
Two Humpty Dumpty's sitting on a wall
And if one Humpty Dumpty should accidentally fall. . . . crack
There'll be one Humpty Dumpty's sitting on a wall

One Humpty Dumpty's sitting on a wall,
One Humpty Dumpty's sitting on a wall
And if one Humpty Dumpty should accidentally fall. . . . crack
There'll be no Humpty Dumpty's sitting on a wall

Credit- Everything Preschool 

Action Rhyme: “One, Two, Buckle My Shoe”
One, two, buckle my shoe / Three, four, shut the door
Five, six, pick up sticks / Seven, eight, open the gate
Nine, ten, a big fat hen!

 Credit Childhood and Storytime Katie

Fingerplay: “Itsy Bitsy Spider”
The itsy bitsy spider went up the waterspout
Down came the rain and washed the spider out
Out came the sun and dried up all the rain
And the itsy bitsy spider went up the spout again

 Credit Storytime Katie and Childhood


Nursery Rhyme Sequencing Printables from Totschooling

Nursery Rhymes Printables and Worksheets from

activities, crafts and printables from

Humpty Dumpty Puzzle with bandaids Craft from mom to 2 posh lil divas 

Humpty Dumpty Rhyme Coloring Book printable from ABC's to Acts 

Hickory Dickory Dock Clock Craft from still playing

Itsy Bitsy Spider Fine Motor Finger Puppet from LALYMOM

Nursery Rhyme Posters Color or Black and White From


Thursday, September 6, 2018

Stephanie's Top Picture Books Picks 2018 Part 3

Stephanie's Top Picture Books Picks 2018 
Part 3

It has been a fun year so far for 2018 in books! I have been reading up a storm while it has been so hot in TN.
Gathered here are many of my starting favorites in both leveled readers and picture books! 



I Can Read: Beginning Reading Level 1 Series
Ranger Rick: I Wish I Was an Elephant By Jennifer Bove 
(perfect for beginning readers! uses real pictures, and broken down nonfiction book or factual about the elephants in short paragraphs.)

Ready To Read: Pre-Level 1 
My First Swim Class By Alyssa Satin Capucilli 
(perfect for beginning reader, nonfiction or factual information, real pictures, learning about swimming)

Step Into Reading Level 1
Disney's Frozen Ghost Hunt By Victoria Saxon adapted by Melissa Langonegro (cute story, not scary, simple text, beloved frozen characters)

Step Into Reading Level 1
Nickelodeon: Sunny Day- Stick With Me!Adapted By Courtney Carbone

(A light hearted story of friends, hair , and getting out of a sticking situation by working together!)

 I Can Read It All By My Self Beginner Books
DC Super Friends Catch That Crook By Laura Hitchcock

A Lively adventure involving capturing crooks, along with superhero friends working together to save and protect Gotham city!


 I Want a Real Bike In Oregon By Eric Kimmel  (Cute story explaining all about the different types of bikes with fun illustrations and lots of cute animal graphics!)

Click, Clack, Quack At School By Doreen Cronin
(Another fun adventure with all the farm animals and farmer brown visiting school! ) 

Kit & Kaboodle By Rosemary Wells a cute collection of three mini adventure stories about kitties Kit and Kaboodle and one mischief maker Spinka! 

Night Out By Daniel Miyares ( a beautifully illustrated story of an invitation, a young boys adventure on his night out, and tea with special friends) 

Teddy's Favorite Toy By Christian Trimmer Adorable story of a little boy's adventures with his favorite toy! except when it is missing? 

The Secret Life Of Squirrels Back To School By Nancy Rose 
a fun picture books about wild real life squirrels in different school settings.  This is the 4th book in the series. Author takes photos of these canada squirrels by coaxing them with peanuts into her sets.

Look By Fiona Woodcock - Very cool book with simple words and great graphic design! perfect for letter and word recognition and print awareness! 

Play This Book By Jessica Young - a very fun and interactive introduction to instruments and playing music together! Love it perfect for hands of  interactive books like press here! 

Hello, Fall By Deborah Diesen a sweet story about a little girl and her grandfather recalling all the beauty, sights, and sounds of the fall season!

Where Did You Come From Baby Dear? By George MacDonald & Jane Dyer  A sweet poem about how God brings us babies! Beautiful illustrations!


Did you miss my other top picks lists for 2018? 
Catch them here at these links

Top 15 Picture Book Picks 2018 Part 1  

Top 15 Picture Books Picks 2018 Part 2  

Top picture books and Leveled Readers Part 4  

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Good Books To Share About Death, Empathy, and Grief With Kids

 Good Books To Share About Death, 
Empathy, and Grief With Kids

We all go through some sort of grief or loss at one time or another in our lives. It could be loss of a close friend, family member, or even loss of a pet!  My collection of books and a couple of online resources should help you discuss with your children all about empathy,grief, death, and coping with their loss. 

 READ: Books
The Rabbit Listened By Cori Doerrfeld (empathy and grief)
The Goodbye Book By Todd Parr (struggling with a goodbye)
I'll Always Love You By Hans Wilhelm (loss of a dog)
Stay: A Girl, A Dog and A Bucket List By Kate Klise (loss of a
Wherever You Are My Love Will Find You By Nancy Tillman (loss of a parent)
The Invisible String By Patrice Karst (loss of a loved one)
Nana Upstairs & Nana Downstairs By Tomie

dePaola (loss of a grandparent)
Cat Heaven By Cynthia Rylant (loss of a cat)

Dog Heaven By Cynthia Rylant (loss of a dog)
Ida, Always By Caron Levis (Terminal Illness)
I Miss You: A First Look At Death By Pat Thomas (describes reasons for death, what a funeral is, and the difficult feelings and emotions of saying goodbye)
The Memory Box: A book About Grief By Joanna Rowland ( loss of a loved one) 
Someone I Loved Died By Christine Harder Tangvald (loss of a loved one)
God Gave Us Heaven By Lisa T Bergren (loss of a loved one)
 The Invisible Boy By Trudy Ludwig ( empathy)
Everyone By Chris Silas Neal (empathy) 
In Your Shoes: A Story of Empathy By Kristin Johnson (empathy)

Coming Soon Oct.2018 
I Am Human: A Book About Empathy By Susan Verde (empathy)

Wanting more books about being Kind then  check out my post about Kindness

Online Resources:

Grief support for Loss of a Pet ( Parent Resources for sharing with kids)

Helping Kids with Grief resources from Sesame Street  in Communities